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Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital


How to get to us

Pay-and-display car parking is available on site however it is over-subscribed and long waits are common. 

There is limited short-term on-street pay-and-display parking in the vicinity of the hospital.

We recommend that you use public transport if at all possible.

Journey planner

Click here to plan a journey to the Royal Sussex County Hospital

By bus

Routes 1, 1A, 7, N7 14B, 14C, 23, 27C, 37, 37B, 40X, 47, 52, 57, 71, 73, 94A, 271 and 272 all stop outside the hospital.

You can view bus times online or call Brighton and Hove Bus Company on 01273 886 200.

The 271 and 272 bus services run between the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital. This service is free to patients carrying an appointment letter for the date of travel. You can view the timetable online

By train

Brighton Station is the nearest station. From the station, you can catch a bus or get a taxi to the hospital. Bus route 7 runs to the hospital from stop B at the front of the station up to every 6 minutes.

Patient transport service

This service is available for patients who are unable (for medical reasons) to use public or private transport.

Click here to view details of the Patient Transport Service


Map of hospital site

Click here to view a map of the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital site

Click here for directions within the hospital site 


Visiting times

Any time is possible, by arrangement, according to parent and child needs. Visitors other than the parents can also visit at any time but are requested to leave by 8pm.

Click here for more information about hospital wards and contact details.



The parking facilities available are as follows: 

The multi-storey car park is situated on the North Access Road which is accessed from Bristol gate third entry on the left travelling up Bristol Gate (immediately after the A & E entrance).  

This car park is a pay-on-foot car park. Take a ticket to enter and when ready to leave pay at the machine return to your vehicle and use the ticket to exit. 

The multi-storey has 20 disabled bays located on Level 6 which gives direct access into the hospital and 6 dedicated renal bays for regular renal patients. 

There are 4 drop off/pick-up bays located next to the multi-storey car park (these are primarily for the use of parents/guardians dropping children off for the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital). 

There is limited access to the A&E forecourt with 4 drop-off bays and 2 disabled bays.

At the front of the main hospital site there is a pay and display car park for patients and visitors only - this has 12 disabled bays outside the Physiotherapy Department (Latilla building) and 5 disabled bays by the car park entrance.  

Please note car parking charges apply to all users, including disabled.

The charges are as follows:  

Time parked

RSCH tariff

PRH tariff

Less than 2 hours



2 - 4 hours



4 - 6 hours



6 - 12 hours



12 - 24 hours



Over 24 hours

£18.00 plus the appropriate tariff above for the excess time parked

£18.00 plus the appropriate tariff above for the excess time parked


Free parking on both sites in short stay drop off and pick up bays (20 minutes only) and for motor cycles and pedal cycles.

Concessions are available for Cancer Centre patients, patients who are in hospital for a long period and their relatives and carers.  Parking is free for specific patient groups such as those undergoing regular dialysis.

Income from car parking charges is re-invested in the management and maintenance of the Trust’s car parks and in green travel plan initiatives, including the 40X bus inter-site service between RSCH and PRH, cycle loans and bus pass loans for staff.



This hospital has an A&E department.

Please help keep our emergency department free for emergencies. Click here for alternatives to A&E 



The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children – affectionately known as The Alex – was officially opened in 1881 by their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, but its history goes back further than that, to 1868 when the original Brighton children’s hospital opened in a private house in Western Road, Brighton.

In the ensuing years, the Alex became arguably Brighton’s best-loved hospital.

It has a long history of progressive and innovative paediatric care embracing medicine, nursing and related professions, paediatric nurse training and research.

In June 2007, the new hospital opened on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site - the state-of-the-art facility has won an international design award and continues with offering pioneering paediatric care.

It provides inpatient facilities, including intensive care and outpatient care, for children.

This site has a 24-hour emergency care service for children referred by GPs and other specialists.